Following engagement with key stakeholders and the community, early safety improvements were carried out in February 2019. More extensive safety improvements are currently being designed, with construction scheduled to get underway late 2020. This work will help improve safety on the road, reduce crashes and ease congestion.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has partnered with New Plymouth District Council to build a new roundabout on SH3 at De Havilland Drive, providing motorists with safer access to the airport following the realignment of Airport Drive. New roundabouts will also be constructed at Princess Street, Waitara, and SH3a intersections.
The roundabouts will make these intersections, which are some of the country’s highest-risk intersections, safer and help ease congestion on the route. They will be built over three construction seasons to help reduce the impact on traffic and residents, with construction of the first roundabout scheduled to start at the end of 2020.
Sections of roadside barrier and median barrier will also be installed in high-risk areas and the road will be widened in places to give drivers more space to recover if they lose control and run off the road.
This project was originally split into two sections, but all safety improvements will now be delivered as one project by the Transport Agency.